In a practice that ranges from performance to photography to film and video works, Blackfoot artist Terrance Houle remakes the troubled history of colonialism and First Nations identity with a roguish wit and punk-rock edge. His strategy matches self-deprecating humour with an uneasy undertone; the results cut away at both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal notions of an urban Indian status quo. In his Urban Indian Series (2004), Houle is pictured grocery shopping, working in an office cubicle and riding public transit—all in elaborate powwow regalia.
In the performance video Friend or Foe (2010–11), he plays off cultural and historical gaps in communication while dressed in a loincloth and communicating by sign language.
Well, this is an odd news story from the world of Canadian art… A group of ten J.E.H. MacDonald paintings that were literally buried for more than 30 years are going to be on exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery this fall, never having been shown to the public before.
Bird mask of the Tsimshian people, used in initiation ceremonies. Artist unknown; 19th century. Collected in Nisga’a territory at the mouth of the Nass River, British Columbia, Canada; now in the Louvre.
“The Self Practice” is a short documentary, looking at the process behind Jen Mann’s artworks; colorful and vibrant oil paintings which delve into the deep questions of life as she explores the idea of self and identity. Watch Mann’s process, and hear her thoughts, as she prepares for, and completes her series “Q&A”, a solo show at Toronto’s Neubacher Shor Contemporary.
“the artist is always asking for someone to love them…they are saying, look at my work and you will know me, like… the true me.”- Mann
You can find out more about Mann here: JenMann.com Director/ Cinematographer Cameron Bryson : cameronbryson.com Music courtesy of Joanne Pollock (joannepollock.bandcamp.com)